HARRY A. SCHEINA III

A former inmate at the Texas County Jail can seek damages against county government, but not against the former sheriff, a federal judge in Springfield ruled last week.

Harry A. Scheina in the lawsuit filed in July 2018 alleges he failed to receive proper medical care for a jaw injury during his incarceration and filed suit against former Sheriff James Sigman, former Jail Administrator Jennifer Tomaszewski and Texas County government.

Beth Phillips, chief judge of U.S. District Court in Springfield, issued her ruling May 28 following a motion to dismiss the matter by Texas County. She declared that Sheina didn’t have standing to seek injunctive relief to force the county “to provide sufficient funding for adequate medical care for the inmates/detainees of Texas County Jail.”

Phillips ruled that Scheina can seek monetary damages from the county because it is “the real party in interest,” and not Sigman.

Phillips dismissed the monetary claim against Sigman, who along with Tomaszewski was arrested in July 2018 and face multiple criminal charges. A trial date has been set for Aug. 20.

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